Here are some basic tips for scanning and resizing your photos.
When scanning your photos. DO NOT scan over 100 dpi. Most people think that they have to scan at 600-720 to get a good quality photo. This is only on printing. When your talking internet, you are comparing dpi (scanner) to pixels (computer monitors). These are completely different. Plus this will save tremendously on your hard drive. I have actually had 10 megabyte photos sent to me (that's HUGE!). All you are doing when scanning at a higher dpi is making the file size bigger NOT the quality.
Re-sizing and "cropping" photos seems be the biggest problem for most people when editing photos,
Open your photo in your favorite editing software (I use Photoshop). This demo will be shown using Paint Shop Pro (about $99) since it is most affordable and a very good program for doing photo editing, graphics..... (sure beats paying $700 for Photo Shop! Paint Shop Pro is what I used to start out with. Most photo editing software works about the same, but you can use most any type of graphics program to achieve the same results..
You can download a trial version of Paint Shop Pro here. (Corel has bought out JASC..updated 10/05..this is old... possibly 2001 or 02, just wanted to leave the info here)
Then you will need to go to "Edit-Crop to image" (Paint Shop Pro). This will cut away any excess photo that you do not want in the photo.
Then go to "image"-resize. This will bring up a box with your current dimensions in it. Now you should see the "width" section already in blue ready for your new size. Before typing in anything be sure the "Maintain aspect ratio of "x.xxx to 1" is checked (this will keep your dimensions in proportion). Now go back to the "Width at the top of the same box and type in 325* as the width. You should not have to worry about the height since most car photos are wider than taller, your height should fall WELL below the maximum of 325 (height) that the e-Parts Source Car Show and Classifieds Requires.
Once you have typed in 650 (our maximum size allowed in our classifieds and our "Customers Rides" section is 525 wide, so you can type this in if you wish), you can click on "OK". This will bring your image to the maximum width dimension. Now to save it simply click on "File-save as" and this will bring open your "local" folders. Find a folder you will remember, or create a folder and name it a_photos. I name all my useful folders with an "a_" in front (i.e. a_scripts a_photos a_showphotos...), this way, the folder will be listed at the very beginning of your folders since they are alphabetical. Anyway, once you find a folder you want to save your photos in, open that folder, then you will find at the bottom of that box "File Name". Name your photos, then in the "Save as Type" drop down box, look for .JPG or .GIF (I strongly recommend .JPG for photos). Then click on save. There you have it, your photos are all set for either the Classifieds or your bike listing. So have at it Hope this helps you!
A couple of tips on saving your image files:
If you still need help, still don't want to edit your own photos, or you don't have any type of editing software, you can email your photos to us (be sure to remove the _SPAM in the email address before sending!!) and we will upload them for you.
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